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Fresh thinking for women in business

Fresh thinking for women in business

July 26, 2022
The New Growth Women’s Business Center is pleased to offer an opportunity for six rural women entrepreneurs to join a peer-to-peer support group and work one-on-one with women’s leadership coach Dina Readinger.
New leadership at New Growth

New leadership at New Growth

July 26, 2022
Sheridan Garman-Neeman begins work this month as Chief Community Wealth Building Officer at New Growth, a rural Missouri community development corporation (CDC) based in the state’s west central region. She will manage the growth and success of New Growth as a rural micro-entrepreneur development and financing organization. This includes New Growth Capital micro-loans to rural businesses and business technical assistance to rural men and women through the 15-county New Growth Women’s Business Center.
Rural Café jumpstarts hometown with sales and love

Rural Café jumpstarts hometown with sales and love

June 30, 2022
Locally owned and rooted businesses will feature greatly in the revival of rural Missouri as a place where people and businesses want to be. That’s who the New Growth community development corporation is working to support with rural small business development and flexible micro-financing programs.
Video series helps produce farmers go wholesale

Video series helps produce farmers go wholesale

June 15, 2022
The new Demystifying Wholesale video series features farmer-to-farmer advice on producing, packing, and marketing vegetables for local wholesale markets. It is produced by the Food Systems Program at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency as part of its Beginning Farmer Wholesale Project in association with the Growing Growers KC program.
Loan fund launches needed rural community businesses

Loan fund launches needed rural community businesses

March 3, 2022
The START HERE Revolving Loan Fund serves people who have the skills and determination to make it, but who lack the credit history and business track record they need to get traditional financing from a bank.
2022 Farm to Fork Summit

2022 Farm to Fork Summit

February 9, 2022
Get your tickets now for the fourth-annual Farm to Fork Summit Feb. 22, 2022, in Osceola, Missouri at the First Assembly of God Church.
4th Generation Farm Grows

4th Generation Farm Grows

December 28, 2021
Local food markets keep the 131-year-old Pearl Family Farm going. A new video series on wholesale production features Mike Pearl’s sweet potato crop. Produced by the Beginning Farmer Wholesale Project at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency.
Region talks small business

Region talks small business

December 2, 2021
In one year the regional START HERE network has helped 14 new businesses start and launched a range of resources to help rural economies and communities grow. Its “5th Monday” luncheon in Warsaw brought partners together to explore this regional collaboration.
Back the New Growth Women’s Business Center

Back the New Growth Women’s Business Center

November 24, 2021
This year on Giving Tuesday November 30, 2021, we invite you to support the New Growth Women’s Business Center. The 15-county WBC is one of only five in the nation that focuses on rural entrepreneurs, men and women.
Workforce Action Opportunity

Workforce Action Opportunity

November 8, 2021
A major regional workforce study and next steps for funding west central Missouri action were the topic recently of the START HERE Business Acceleration Network’s bimonthly community partner meeting. View recording here.
Public Notice: Request for Proposals

Public Notice: Request for Proposals

October 5, 2021
Through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”), West Central Community Development Corporation (dba New Growth) seeks proposals from qualified firms to develop an application for 2022 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification. The scope of work for this RFP includes consultant guidance on organizational structure for New Growth to operate rural community development and business assistance programs alongside its certified CDFI.
Frost Named New Growth Women’s Business Center Director

Frost Named New Growth Women’s Business Center Director

July 28, 2021
On July 6, it was announced that Tiffany Frost would be the new Director of the New Growth Women’s Business Center (WBC). The New Growth Women’s Business Center advances rural entrepreneurs in all stages of business development and growth.